Sequence-Specific Recognition of HIV-1 DNA with Solid-State CRISPR-Cas12a-Assisted Nanopores (SCAN)

Reza Nouri, Yuqian Jiang, Xiaojun Lance Lian, Weihua Guan

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Nucleic acid detection methods are crucial for many fields such as pathogen detection and genotyping. Solid-state nanopore sensors represent a promising platform for nucleic acid detection due to its unique single molecule sensitivity and label-free electronic sensing. Here, we demonstrated the use of the glass nanopore for highly sensitive quantification of single-stranded circular DNAs (reporters), which could be degraded under the trans-cleavage activity of the target-specific CRISPR-Cas12a. We developed and optimized the Cas12a assay for HIV-1 analysis. We validated the concept of the solid-state CRISPR-Cas12a-assisted nanopores (SCAN) to specifically detect the HIV-1 DNAs. We showed that the glass nanopore sensor is effective in monitoring the cleavage activity of the target DNA-activated Cas12a. We developed a model to predict the total experimental time needed for making a statistically confident positive/negative call in a qualitative test. The SCAN concept combines the much-needed specificity and sensitivity into a single platform, and we anticipate that the SCAN would provide a compact, rapid, and low-cost method for nucleic acid detection at the point of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1273-1280
Number of pages8
JournalACS Sensors
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 22 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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